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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #799
                    Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2007, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MT. WILSON BROADCAST ENGINEERS' CHRISTMAS PARTY SCHEDULED
  The ever-popular Mt. Wilson Christmas Party and catered
picnic for broadcast engineers has been set for 10 AM on
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
Auditorium.  No neckties or formal business attire allowed.
Thanks to Howard Fine and the Southern California Frequency
Coordinating Committee (SCFCC) for reviving this popular event.
  Questions? Ask Howard: howard (at) pactv.com
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  FCC ACTS ON SET-TOP BOX WAIVER REQUESTS
  Following are an FCC announcement re set-top box waiver
requests; a statement by FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin on same;
the FCC's dismissal of NCTA's set-top box request; a set-top box
waiver request granted to certain multichannel video program
distributors; and, finally, an FCC Erratum to the fourth item.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-274776A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-274776A2.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2920A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2921A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-274887A1.pdf
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  KTLA, Los Angeles, has tentatively been fined $20,000
for admitted violations of the children's television rules
(restricting the amount of commercial matter in childern's TV).
Many other stations have been cited for the same thing, so we
aren't singling out KTLA.  Yes, this is non-engineering news,
but it has been a slow week for FCC enforcement items other
than NTSC TVs & VCRs being sold without Feb. 2009 warning tags.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2580A1.doc
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                            JOB SHOPPE
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  KUSC JOB LINK IS UP AND RUNNING AGAIN
  KUSC(FM), Los Angeles, has a job opening for an Information
Technologist Specialist as announced in CGC #798.  The detailed
job description vanished from the Web just after we went to press
but the site is reportedly working again.  The URL is as follows:
  http://tinyurl.com/2fb9hk
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE LPTV-TO-DTV TRANSITION
  Some time ago I read in a trade publication that LPTV
stations are not required to convert to DTV transmissions in
February of 2009.  Has the DTV transition date for LPTVs really
been postponed?  If so, where is it written and when must the
transition to DTV occur?
  Jeff Henry, K35DG, La Jolla
  pjhenry (at) ucsd.edu
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  KBPK IS LOOKING FOR A 950 MHZ STL SYSTEM
  KBPK is a Class D Educational FM station licensed to the
Buena Park School District.  We've been on the air for many years
and we'd like to find out if there is a station that is no longer
using its analog xmit/receive STL units and would be willing to
donate them to us.  We have a 20-year-old Marti mono system that
I'd like to move to back-up status.
  The college district's Board of Trustees would recognize
the donation with written confirmation from the president of
Fullerton College.  I would be willing to pick the units up even
if I'd have to drive to Phoenix or pay the shipping.
  Edward Ford, edress is: kbpk-fm (at) kbpk-fm.com
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  ABOUT THE FOWLER PEAK PIRATE
  Question: What is the status on the two allegedly illegal
broadcast stations on 104.5 and 106.7 MHz in or near central
California?  The two stations were reportedly built on Fowler
Peak and were believed to have gone dark in early December 2006
following an inspection by the FCC's San Francisco office.
  Answer: The FCC simply says that the case is still an
active and ongoing investigation.  What makes this case unusual
is that the pirate is a licensed broadcaster according to our
readers, and the licensee built these stations without FCC
permission to extend his or her coverage into distant markets.
Obviously the licensee will be in very hot water if the claims
are true.
  For background information, see the following CGC
Communicator newsletters: 770, 772, 773, 775, 776 and 782.
The unauthorized operations were originally dubbed "The Arnold
Pirates" until the site was pinpointed by our readers as being
located on Fowler Peak.
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/contents.htm
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  ARE SUPERPOWERED FMs CAUSING IBOC INTERFERENCE TO ADJACENTS?
  I understand that one or two super powered Mt. Wilson FM
stations have temporarily suspended IBOC (HD Radio) broadcasts
and that another superpowered FM near San Bernardino has also
suspended IBOC.  "Spectral regrowth" is the issue and in all
cases second adjacent channel stations were impacted with
interference.  The problem is reported to be hardware related
and comes back to a single IBOC equipment manufacturer.
  (Name withheld upon request)
  [Note: CGC unfortunately does not have the staff to research
claims like this one.  If anyone has specific verifiable
information on the above claims and wouldn't mind having their
name published, please send mailto:r.gonsett@ieee.org.]
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  PHIL WELLS' SURGERY FOR PANCREATIC CANCER WENT VERY WELL
  You know it's good when all three surgeons come out with
big grins on their faces!
  [Yesterday's] surgery went very well.  No surprises, everything
pretty much the way they were expecting & no problems (at least
none were mentioned to me).  They had expected it to take 7-8
hours and it took 6.  We should get the full pathology report by
the end of the week.  Phil came thru very well.  I saw him in ICU
before I left the hospital and though still sedated he was looking
pretty good.  His aura/presence/vibes felt really good too.
Now all he has to do is heal.
  More news as things progress.
  Carol
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  KSDS NOW BURNING AT HIGH POWER
  KSDS(FM) [88.3 MHz, San Diego] started transmitting at its
newly permitted 22 kW ERP as of late June.  The station, managed
by City College and transmitting on 88.3 MHz from a tower at Mesa
College in Linda Vista, should now cover much of San Diego County
with their full-time jazz format.  Now they're on par with their
commercial brethren, and with neighboring KKJZ in Long Beach at
adjacent channel 88.1.  That's a long way from the 830 watts
[they had] before May 2000.
  (Extract from San Diego SBE Newsletter for July 2007)
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  RANCHO PALOS VERDES ANTENNA WILL KEEP CITY CONNECTED IN DISASTER
  A grand opening was held recently for Rancho Palos Verdes'
new Emergency Communications Center, and the frosting on the cake
is a 112-foot "antenna" [presumably a tower] to support the city's
communications should a disaster disrupt other means of
communications.  The center is designed to be self-sustaining
and includes five amateur radio stations, back-up generators
and batteries.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/8267627.html
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  INSTALLATION OF VERIZON FIOS MEANS REMOVAL OF COPPER
  As Verizon Communications moves to upgrade its land-line
network to fiber-optic service under the FiOS brand, some
subscribers complain that they were surprised to learn that the
more expensive product comes with a potential downside: removal
of the so-called "last mile" of copper wire that has traditionally
carried telephone calls.  The upgrade could prove expensive to
those who might want to switch back some day, or the future buyer
of a home with FiOS might be surprised by the higher monthly
bills that come with the house.
  http://tinyurl.com/253jq3
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  MOBILE RESPONSE UNITS AREN'T JUST FOR POLICE AND FIRE
  When disaster strikes, whether it be fire, crime, storm or
earthquake, it's not uncommon to see first responders accompanied
by high-tech mobile command centers staffed by decision makers.
Large insurance companies are the latest to jump on the bandwagon,
and Allstate's $1 million Mobile Response Unit was quickly on the
scene in South Lake Tahoe to handle claims submitted by owners
of homes lost to the recent Angora fire.
  http://www.sacbee.com/103/story/256943.html
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  THE BROKEN NEXTEL 800 MHz REBANDING PROCESS
  June 27 marked the second anniversary of the FCC's three-
year project to protect public safety communications from harmful
interference by reconfiguring the 800 MHz radio band, and yet no
NPSPAC licensee has moved or scheduled a move to new frequencies.
  Mobile Radio Technology columnist Donny Jackson notes that
there is plenty of blame to be spread among Sprint Nextel, the
Transition Administrator, equipment manufacturers, consultants
and the licensees themselves, but believes now is the time for the
FCC to admit that rebanding won't be completed on schedule, and
take the necessary steps to speed up the process.
  http://mrtmag.com/commentary/newsletters/action_words_rebanding_062607/
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  REALLY RANDOM NOTES
  Selling cable descramblers and getting caught:
  http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070629/ne_cable_piracy_appeal.html?.v=1
  Brian Beezley's FM Website has moved to:
  http://ham-radio.com/k6sti/
  The Mt. Palomar astronomers are well fed at the Monastery:
  http://tinyurl.com/2qcxwz
  Another great Jacquie Lawson artistic creation, this for July:
  http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=DQ45131081
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  RED BLANCHARD'S CORNER
  o  How to "express" an elevator to your favorite floor:
  http://view.break.com/327059
  o  Copper thefts in the eyes of Johnny Carson:
  http://www.metacafe.com/watch/42943/johnny_carson_copper_clappers/
  o  Today, July 7, 2007, is considered by many to be extremely
  lucky.  So I went to the Del Mar Racetrack and bet on horse
  Number Seven, in the Seventh Race.  Well sure enough, after an
  exciting two minutes, there he came flying down the stretch
  and finished ------ seventh!
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXP-20070223AGX   KTLK  19219  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E   1150 KHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMP-20070628ADC  KCBQ 13509  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
            E   1170 KHZ               COMPANY, INC.
                                       SAN DIEGO, CA
  Mod of CP
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20070511ABT   K205DZ 91086  ONDAS DE VIDA, INC.
              E    88.9 MHZ            DEVORE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K205DZ.
  Petition for Reconsideration granted 5/24/2007-no letter sent.
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/29/07 by ("PACCD")
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20070703ABU KYFC-LP 124429 THE YOUTH FOUNDATION & CENTER
            E    95.3 MHZ          OF IMPERIAL VALLEY, INC.
                                          EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20070703AAE   KUSS  67664   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
             E    95.7 MHZ               CARLSBAD, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPH-20070605AAY   KAJR  165313  A & J MEDIA LLC
               E   95.9 MHZ        INDIAN WELLS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20070703AAF   KYXY   51671   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
             E    96.5 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20070620ADV KDAR-FM1 161997 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
              E      98.3 MHZ             COMPANY, INC.
                                        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20070424ABG  K253AD 156524 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E   98.5 MHZ             OCEANSIDE, CA
  License to cover.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20070615ABY  KSOJ-LP 124422  CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE PASS
            E     103.5 MHZ               BANNING, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20051128AES KROQ-FM 28622 CBS RADIO INC. OF LOS ANGELES
              E   106.7 MHZ              PASADENA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/31/2006
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20070621ASJ KSSE-FM1 35114 ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   107.1 MHZ              BURBANK, CA
  Mod of CP
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTVL-20070430AAN  KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                E    CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTVL-20070329AOW,
  callsign KSPP-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20070627ABE   KVTU-LP 130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                E     CHAN-3          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVTU-LP.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BEPCDT-20060628AAB  KECY-TV  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                 E    CHAN-9                EL CENTRO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20041028AFC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTV-20060331BIK  K09XW  12324  PSTV PARTNERS, LLC
                E    CHAN-9        PALM DESERT, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K09XW.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20050406ACJ  KNBC-DT 47906  NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE CO.
                E    CHAN-36              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNBC.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLEDT-20070627ABB   KLCS-DT 38430   LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                 E     CHAN-41           SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                         LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20070416AAD KDUO-LP 128874 LOUIS MARTINEZ FAMILY GROUP...
                E   CHAN-43              PALM DESERT, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20070412ACQ,
  callsign KDUO-LP. Engineering Amendment filed 04/30/2007
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20070627ABA  K61GH 56830  INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
               E    CHAN-61                NETWORK, INC.
                                         NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K61GH.
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